Newswire: Cannes Film Festival draws feminist ire for its “no flats” policy

In the age of social media outrage, it’s become difficult for even such an esteemed institution as the Cannes Film Festival to be snobbish about its policies. A protest movement has formed after attendees began pointing out that Cannes was barring entry to female guests unless they were wearing high heels, and Quentin Tarantino wasn’t even on the jury this year. The supposed ban applied to red-carpet events, which have a black tie dress code; we say “supposed,” because according to festival head Thierry Fremaux, there is no specific rule about red-carpet footwear. Variety quotes him as saying, “For the steps (red carpet), nothing has changed: Smoking (tuxedo), black tie. No mention of heels.”

If that’s the case, why was Danish film producer Valeria Richter, who has part of her left foot amputated, stopped four times on her way into a screening for wearing flat shoes? (Richter …

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